How to Propagate Fall Perennials into Spring Plants
Many popular plants that shrivel in winter can be propagated from cuttings, put in pots, and grown indoors till the weather warms. Here's how
Hitting the garden center in March or April to buy plants in bulk for your containers, window boxes, and flower beds can take a toll on your wallet. So if you've got favorites such as coleus, geraniums, and impatiens still looking lush in your yard right now, and you live someplace with a real winter, think about propagating them before they wither away.
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Plants to Propagate
Any tender perennial—plants grown as annuals wherever there's a sustained hard freeze—can be grown from simple-to-take cuttings. Harvest small stems before the first prolonged frost, pot them up indoors, and they'll take root over the winter in time to fill in bare areas in your landscape come spring. Just park them on a south-facing windowsill and watch them grow.
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Shown: Variegated coleus makes a colorful, shade-tolerant border and is easy to propagate.